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anchor: this is dw news live from berlin. the temperature changing by the hour -- nato and russia -- can they find common ground in the skies over syria? nato accused russia of deliberately violating turkish airspace. moscow says it was an accident. now reports are coming in that russia wants to resume talks with the u.s. to work together in syria. also coming up on the show, the devil in the data -- in a landmark ruling, the eu has top board scraps a data trading deal with the u.s. -- the message google and facebook cannot be
trusted with your personal information. and she is a pop star with a number one hit, but have you ever heard of her? the unlikely story of a german singer topping the charts in uganda. good to have you with us. from hot to cold to simmering, nato and russia are locking horns in ways not seen since the cold war. on tuesday, nato accused moscow of sending its air force jets into turkish air space on bombing missions in syria. russia says yes, they did that, but it was an accident. in what could bring the geopolitical mercury down a bit, moscow's as it wants to resume talks with the u.s. to resume
talks in syria. reporter: nato is putting pressure on moscow. the call comes just one day after a russian fighter jet was found to have reached turkish airspace. at an emergency session, nato's position was made clear. >> it is unacceptable to violate the airspace of another country. this is exactly what we were afraid of. that incident, accident may create dangerous situations and therefore it is also important to make su this doesn't happen again. reporter: for more than a week, russian fighter jets have been performing airstrikes over syria. reports suggest many of the bombs are hitting targets in
areas controlled by the so-called moderate rebels backed by the west. the u.s. and its allies say the actions strengthen the assad regime. russia has defended its actions, even reminding the u.s. of how moscow reacted after some number 11. >> we provided them with our help to fight terrorism. we did not ask if they were ba terrorist or not so bad. reporter: sources say the syrian army may soon launch a ground offensive. if that happens, it will represent a further escalation of an already brutal war. brent: let's get more on this story with our correspondent in brussels, where nato is headquartered. maybe you can help us understand how to nato is supposed to be reading russia right now. one moment you have russia being accused of violating turkish airspace, the next moment you
have russia calling on the u.s. to talk peace in syria. guest: you have to be really quick on your feet if you are nato these days. what we have seen during the course of tuesday was a prime example for this scintillating foreign military policy. there was yet another -- if we believe turkish sources -- a violation of airspace on the turkish-syrian border. president erdogan reacted sharply, saying it would be a great pity if russia were to lose cooperation with turkey and he accused the russian president of maintaining a state of terror in syria. an hour or two later, we hear from moscow the sweetest tunes -- let's all get together, sit down and talk about command structures and how we can avoid
these measures in syria. brent: it is like nato has to juggle a lot of balls right now. add to that, russia now has ground troops in syria. guest: that is what they have said. around one airbase mainly used by russians, there has been not only a military buildup, but more than military advisers and the service personnel that usually comes with sophisticated weaponry. moscow strenuously denies that. however, what seems to be clear, that president assad is preparing for a ground offensive supported by iranian revolutionary guards and supposedly even a number of
russian personnel. brent: it reminds me of when we were talking about those green men people were seeing in crimea that turned out to be russian forces. is syria another chapter from the eastern ukraine-crimea scrapbook? is putin about to just go in and get what he wants and nato stands by and can do nothing? guest: in a sense, yes because nobody in nato will prevent putin from keeping assad in power for a while. the question is how long that wilde will be and what the price will be for president putin. it is not quite clear what is supposed to be the endgame in this case. one thought maybe we don't know how deeply embroiled russia will become in this volatile reason -- volatile region.
and the memory of afghanistan as well alive in russian mines. brent: always putting it in the perfect context. thank you very much. we were talking about eastern ukraine -- pro-russian separatists have announced they will postpone local elections until next february instead of helping -- incident holding them this year. they agreed to this at an event hosted by the french president last week. that means international observers can oversee the vote. this follows a pullback of tanks and artillery from the front line this week. tonight, the fallout of a landmark court case in europe is just
beginning to be understood. on tuesday, the european court of justice ruled a 15-year-old agreement that regulates is a transfer of data between eu nations and the u.s. is illegal. the message on the court -- european citizens cannot expect
the same data protection rights they enjoy at home to be guaranteed by u.s. companies like facebook and google. some say it is a ruling made possible by edward snowden's revelations. reporter: the eu's top court ruled the safe harbor agreement between the u.s. and eu did not sufficiently guarantee the personal data of europeans. it said tech companies cannot simply transfer
data across the atlantic. data privacy advocates welcomed the ruling but the white house expressed concerns about its economic consequences. >> we are aware of that ruling and while we are reviewing that ruling, we are disappointed the court has struck down an agreement that since 2000 has proved to be critical in protecting both privacy and fostering economic growth in the united states and european union. reporter: 15 years ago, brussels and russia signed an agreement
regarding data transfers. but revelations from edward snowden in 2013 aroused suspicions that u.s. spy agencies gained access to massive troves of personal information. >> concerns are initially security but we still have something to do there. after the court ruling, we have a very strong argument in continuing the negotiations and achieving that result.
reporter: participants at the security fair now underway in nuremberg welcomed the ruling. >> it was overdue. u.s. companies that store european data in the u.s. have to protect the data. developments in recent years have shown they are not doing that. reporter: for most businesses in europe, data security is a key priority, but it could take time for consumers to become more aware of potential security
risks. brent: i want to put this ruling into international context and ring in the head of a whistleblower protection project in washington, d
c. let's start with edward snowden. i interviewed him earlier this year and he said the decisions he made burned his life to the ground. would you say this court ruling today maybe turns him into a phoenix who rises out of the ashes? is he being given a second chance? guest: i think what was really clear to us, these are public interest whistleblowers and we have been supporting and defending whistleblowers for nearly 40 years. edward snowden's revelations have given the information citizens need to challenge government overreach. this particular decision is deeply important. right to privacy is deeply
linked to freedom of expression
and we need a public debate about the limits we need to have. they said the safe harbor agreement was agreed to in 2000. a lot of concerns and information edward snowden revealed in his disclosures showed that world changed in the years after the safe harbor agreement and this is a catch up being pushed onto both regulatory authorities and it has an impact on the u.s.. but we can't have trade without ensuring we have fundamental freedoms of the right to privacy built-in and work through. brent: what do you mean when you say those rights? the student who brought this case to court but the ruling means online surveillance is now illegal. is that true? guest: i think for us it would
be more that we hope it is the beginning of the end. there is a shakedown through a lot of different legal systems about what it means. data protection is not easily understood by private citizens, but if we want to ensure our data is safe from being collected without our knowledge and for reasons we have not had an open debate about, eu citizens have a heightened awareness about their privacy from history and this is something i think ciizens globally need to understand so we
can have this debate. it would not have been possible without edward snowden's revelations. brent: we have been getting a lot of social media input today saying they support with the court did but they have not noticed anything with their private data. what is this ruling going to mean for companies like facebook and google and amazon moving forward? guest: i think they are in a bit
of legal limbo and will need to look at their systems. there will be more challenges if they don't do it properly. they just cannot blame government for these issues. they are responsible for their customers data and they need to say it safe and protected. these are questions being put squarely now into their court and it cannot just be with governments, but it will come back to governments. brent: we have to wrap it up there. thank you very much for joining us. we are going to take a look at some of the other stories making headlines around the world. a u.s. military commander has admitted to a u.s. senate panel that the deadly airstrike on the doctors without borders hospital was a mistake. general john campbell, commander of the u.s. and nato war in afghanistan said the hospital had been hit inadvertently and u.s. forces were responsible for calling in the attack.
12 hospital staff and 10 patients were killed in the bombing. 15 soldiers have died in attacks on a hotel in the yemeni port city of aden. the explosions have been blamed on houthi rebels. it was being guarded by troops from the saudi led coalition fighting the rebels. islamic state has claimed responsibility for a car bombing in iraq's southern city of basra. new pictures show the aftermath of the attack. it's part of a string of bombings across the country that killed at least 57 people. news. coming up after the break, the german carmaker, volkswagen warns its staff that the company will have to cut costs as it deals with the ongoing scandal over diesel emissions. that story plus we will talk about a stock market reaction to that decision.
brent: welcome back, everyone. you are with dw news live from berlin. the cold war of words continues -- nato accusing russia deliberately violating turkish airspace with its warplanes. moscow suggest coordinating airstrikes in syria. nato says there is increasing evidence of a russian ground buildup in syria as well. europe's top court has ruled the safe harbor system for transferring personal data between europe to the u.s. is illegal. the courts as the mechanism cannot guarantee internet users personal privacy. the ruling affect thousands of companies, including a book and
google. let's talk some business now. let's start with wagon and did diesel gate scandal just gets smelly or. guest: the never ending story. matthias mueller warned his employees that painful cutbacks would lie ahead. volkswagen is facing large fines from regulators, costly lawsuits and lost sales in the wake of the scandal. the company has set aside 6.60 5 billion euros to cover the fallout, likely not enough, many analysts will he. the ceo addressed the crowd as he announced the plans were under review and warned many could be delayed or scrapped altogether. reporter: the first general meeting was held behind closed doors. more than 20,000 workers came and many were subdued when it was over.
>> did you have a chance to get to the works meeting? >> no time. >> the move is not good. all of our colleagues are afraid. we don't know what is heading toward us. reporter: some of the workforce shared their worries at this kiosk. >> what i'm hearing is that it will not result in job losses. that would be good, especially if things improve your. it would be a catastrophe for lower saxony. the city has already frozen fresh spending and stop hiring. >> we stand with volkswagen, no matter what happens. we hope we get the culprits and the workers won't have to suffer. >> i would say spirits are high. i'm impressed and solidarity. reporter: in the afternoon, the chairman held a press conference to warn that there would be some
cut tax. >> the past will not be without pain for volkswagen employees. the works council is aware of that. reporter: but there is still no hint of where volkswagen plans to start making savings. guest: the world economy is heading for its worst years and the recession of two thousand nine according to the international monetary fund, which has cut its growth forecast for the world economy on tuesday. it warns of increasing risks from the slowdown in china, which is dragging other emerging markets down with it. the global economy will grow just 3.1% this year and 3.6% next year. here's more. reporter: china's slowing economy is one reason the global growth outlook was lowered.
as the giant country's economic growth has slowed, so has the demand for commodities such as oil and metals, effecting its trading partners. commodity prices have followed as a direct consequence and, while advanced economies have managed to maintain stable growth, emerging markets have been affected more severely. the cross-border repercussions have heard countries like malaysia and indonesia, but china closer neighbors are not the only ones relying on it as a market for their goods. china is the largest single trading partner with sub-saharan africa and the outlook for that reason -- that region is grim. growth is expected to slow to 3.8% from 5% last year. those countries that commit -- that depend on commodity exports are especially vulnerable and the outlook for 2016 is only slightly better. guest: let's speak about the impact of that global outlook.
bad news but hardly a surprise. >> it did not necessarily help the overall mood but it is not the first time the economist of the imf lowered growth expectations. the feeling over here is that the imf is a little bit behind the curve when it comes to the outlook for the global economy. energy prices give some extra cash to u.s. consumers and also consumption here is not that strong. we also have the latest trade figures in the united states and we saw exports dropped sharply, to the lowest level in about three years. that is mostly because some of the other countries, especially emerging markets are suffering
and that shows in exports from the united states. guest: a major european court ruling against american tech companies. how are tech shares doing on that news? >> we did see a little impact. if you look at companies like facebook or amazon, they lost about 1.5% in value. it still remains to be seen what happens in the near future, especially big tech giants like facebook, google and amazon. they can try to have service within the european union and they can try to negotiate site agreements with the eu. it will probably mostly hit smaller and midsize corporations. we did see some of those tech names of it under pressure. guest: thank you. that is all for me in the newsroom.
brent: maybe she is listening to some music now. germany has some -- has given the world some big names to rock like the scorpions and craftwork. but have you ever heard of dina? she's enjoying success in africa with a song sung in the local language of uganda. we called her up to find out what it is like being a popstar so far from home. reporter: the hustle, the bustle, and the every air -- everyday craziness of compile a in uganda. in the middle of it all is a sociology student from berlin. but in uganda, she has become a popstar. her song is a huge hit in uganda.
ugandans love the melody but are also taken with her great delivery. ugandan radio has been playing her hit constantly for weeks. >> this whole thing is crazy and comes as a total surprise. all we did was say let's make some music and then something fantastic happened. reporter: the 22-year-old came to uganda by chance. she did aid work or a year in neighboring rwanda. but after traveling around the region, she discovered uganda. many things are not quite the same as in her hometown of baden-baden. >> it really is true that it if you your food with your hands, you learn to respect the food more than you do with a fork and you wash your hands before and after the meal. it's totally hygienic. reporter: she wanted to experience the way her ugandan
friends lived and she wants to continue her social work here. that's why she's looking into a program here with street kids. she enjoys being a popstar but she came to africa for other reasons. >> we are responsible for each other. we often forget that. there are people in a bad situation, but it could happen that their situation improves and mine gets worse. that is why i think it's important we all help each other . i have received so much here and have had such gracious hosts. or that, i'm grateful. -- for that, i'm grateful. reporter: and she wants to express that in her music, which is why she sings in the national language. ♪
>> it's lovely bringing uganda to germany and vice versa. and besides, being a popstar is fun. brent: she's got the crew in the studio dancing. romanian canada may be out of the running for the quarterfinals but there was a memorable match in leicester. canada raced into a 15 bill lead thanks to this drive. however, romania conjured up a magical fight act and a late penalty gave them a victory. it was the biggest comeback in rugby world cup history. before we let you go, here's a reminder of the top stories right now. nato and u.s. have accused russia of deliberately violating turkish airspace, not once but twice over the weekend.
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